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This Week in SojournKids: Jesus at the Temple

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids and also to consider these truths for your own life.

Background: After the shepherds and wise men had worshiped Jesus as a child, Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt to avoid Herod’s evil plan to kill Jesus. Once Herod died, God told them to go back to Nazareth. Now this week’s lesson begins when Jesus was about 12 years old. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus (along with every other Jew) traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Passover, which was to tell/remind everyone of God’s saving power when He rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt.

Opening/Ice Breaker: Do you remember a time when you hid from us? Why did you hide? As a parent, share with your children about a time when you couldn’t find them (even if just for a minute), and share with them how worried you were. Well in this week’s lesson, Mary and Joseph felt what it was like to not know where Jesus was.

Tell the Story: So every year, all the Jews traveled to Jerusalem to practice and celebrate the Passover, and they usually traveled together in large groups. So when it was time to head back home to Nazareth, Joseph and Mary left with the rest of the Jews, but Jesus as a 12 year old boy stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not think much about him at first because the group of people was pretty large, but after the first day they became worried. Joseph and Mary couldn’t find Jesus! So they returned to Jerusalem to look for Jesus and after three days they found him in the Temple sitting with the teachers listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard Jesus was amazed at his understanding and his answers as a 12 year old. When Mary saw him, she asked him why he made her worry so much about where he was. And Jesus responded, “Did you not know that I would be in my Father’s house?” Joseph and Mary did not know what he was saying, but Jesus was referring to God as his Father. Then Jesus returned home with his parents and he grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.

Questions/Apply it:

  • Why did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel to Jerusalem? (To celebrate the Passover.)
  • How did Mary and Joseph respond to Jesus when they found him after three days?
  • When Jesus said, “Did you not know that I would be in my Father’s house?” what did he mean? Who was his Father?
  • At the end it says Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature. What does that mean? As a parent how can you help your children to grow in wisdom and in stature?

As parents we are concerned about our children’s safety, but we must trust God to protect them as well, and we need to realize the importance of leading them to a relationship with Jesus.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

Memory Verse: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 4

This Week at SojournKids: Jesus Was Born

Josh RobertsComment

Background: This week’s lesson deals with the specifics of Jesus’ birth. We’ll learn about God’s control in fulfilling His promises, and bringing people to Jesus to worship him as King. In the Old Testament, God prophesied that Bethlehem would be the birthplace of God’s promised Savior. Micah 5:2 says, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah…from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old…” So in Matthew chapter 2 and Luke chapter 2 we see the writers signaling the fulfillment of OT prophecy. Jesus was promised to be the Savior, and this shows that Jesus is fully man.

Opening/Ice Breaker: Have you ever made a promise that you kept for many years? Well this week we learned that one promise God kept was that he would send a Savior for the world. Throughout the Old Testament, God’s people needed a savior from their spiritual enemy: sin, and that Savior was Jesus.

Tell the Story: Last week we learned that the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would be the mother of God’s promised Savior. In those days, Caesar Augustus, wanted to count every person in his empire, but everyone had to travel to his own hometown to do so. Mary traveled with Joseph, her fiancé, to Bethlehem because Joseph’s family was from there. Seeing as Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, was from Bethlehem, he had to travel with Mary there, and Mary was already pregnant with Jesus. When they arrived to Bethlehem, there was no room for them at the inn! So, Jesus was born in a stable, where animals were kept, and he was laid in a manger, or feeding trough. Then an angel appeared to some shepherds. Read Luke 2:8-20. The shepherds worshiped Jesus as the promised Savior of the world. That’s not the end of this passage though. After Jesus was born, some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem asking to see where the king of the Jews was. They were looking for Jesus. But the evil King Herod wanted to kill Jesus. So he told the wise men to find the boy, and tell him where he was. The wise men left for Jerusalem and found Jesus, and worshiped him as king. But the wise men were warned in a dream about King Herod’s evil plan, and they went back to their home a different way.

Questions/Apply it:

  • Who is our Savior?
  • What did the shepherds and the wise men do when they found Jesus? (They worshiped).
  • What does worshiping someone show? (It shows that person is worthy of praise and respect for who they are or what they have done. Jesus is worshiped because he is God.)
  • What promise did Jesus fulfill? (To free God’s people from sin.)
  • Some times promises take a long time to be fulfilled, but we can trust God’s promises because nothing can separate us from his love (Romans 8:38-39).

Talk to your kids about what worship is (respect, adoration, praise, thanks), why worship Jesus (because he is God and is our Savior), and why we worship together as the church (because with other Christians, we build each other up to worship God more).

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

Memory Verse: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 3

5 Minute Devotional: Mary Praised God

Josh RobertsComment

(3 minutes) READ Luke 1:26-56

Dear Parents,

God’s people had not heard a clear message from God for hundreds of years. Then one day, Gabriel—an angel of the Lord—told a man that his wife, Elizabeth, was going to have a baby. The baby's name would be John. Then the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would have a baby, and her baby would be God's Son.

Mary and Elizabeth were relatives. Elizabeth was old and barren; she and her husband, Zechariah, had no children. Mary was a young girl—likely in her early teens. She was a virgin, engaged to be married to Joseph. The announcements of these pregnancies were miraculous for both women. Both babies had been foretold by the prophet Isaiah—John in Isaiah 40:3 and Jesus in Isaiah 7:14.

The angel Gabriel told Mary that Elizabeth was pregnant too, and Mary hurried to see her. The journey would not have been easy. Mary traveled nearly one hundred miles to see Elizabeth, and her arrival brought great joy to both Elizabeth and Elizabeth's unborn baby. In the presence of the unborn Messiah, John leaped in Elizabeth's womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she said, "Mary, you are blessed!"

The story of Mary's visit with Elizabeth gives us a remarkable picture of women living by faith. Being a young, unwed pregnant woman could have caused Mary to worry. Instead, her response is marked by her trust in God. Mary's song reflects her knowledge of God's Word and her understanding of who God is.

Mary was willing to follow God’s plan, even though being Jesus’ mother would not be easy. Mary wanted to bring praise to God. Likewise, Jesus brought praise to His Father by willingly dying on the cross to save people from sin.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

Memory Verse: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

(1 minute) PRAY and ask God to help you follow His plan for your life.

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 2.

March Music for Sojourn Kids

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

At Sojourn we want to partner with you as you disciple your children at home during the week.  Below are the memory verse, catechism and songs your children will learn in assembly this month.  We'd love for you to use these in your family devotionals to reinforce what the children are learning on Sunday.  Enjoy worshiping our great Savior with your family!

What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

1 Timothy 1:15  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

Songs we're singing:

5 Minute Devotional: From Abraham to Jesus

Josh RobertsComment

(3 minutes) READ Matthew 1:1-17

Dear Parents,

The prophecies concerning Jesus’ birth are numerous, and many of them refer to Jesus’ lineage. Old Testament prophecies tell of the promised Messiah being born from the seed of a woman (Gen. 3:15); from the seed of Abraham (Gen. 22:18), Isaac (Gen. 21:12), and Jacob (Num. 24:17); from the tribe of Judah (Micah 5:2); from the line of Jesse (Isa. 11:1); and from the house of David (Jer. 23:5). The prophecies said He would be born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14) and would be the Son of God (1 Chr. 17:13-14; Ps. 2:7). Jesus fulfilled all of these prophecies.

In Bible times, Jews took great care to accurately record family genealogies. The family a person belonged to was directly linked to property rights. Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38 both chronicle the genealogy of Jesus. The account in Matthew presents Jesus as the king of the Jews—the legal heir to the throne of David. The account in Luke was written to Greek Christians and focuses on Jesus’ descent from Adam.

Jesus came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem. Jesus had earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, but His true Father is God. Through Jesus, God kept His promises to Abraham and David. Jesus saves people from their sin and adopts them into God’s family.

When Jesus was born, He took on humanity—meaning He was fully God and fully man. As fully God, in Him “the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily” (Col. 2:9). As fully man, Jesus has a human body, human mind, and human emotions. (See Luke 2:7,52; Matt. 26:38.) He is our sinless representative (2 Cor. 5:21), sympathetic high priest (Heb. 4:15), and substitute sacrifice (1 John 4:10).

Use this Bible story to review Jesus’ ancestors and their stories in the Old Testament. Help your kids recognize that God had been working out His plan to send Jesus over hundreds of years—through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesse, David, Solomon, and Josiah. God sent Jesus to earth to save people from their sins.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

Memory Verse: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for sending Jesus to save us!

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 1.